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Complete Tree Kit
Complete Tree Kit with full instructions
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by: Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]

Introduction
Whilst wandering around a local model show, out off the corner of my eye I spotted a tree, so ambling over it was apparent that this was one of the most realistic trees I had seen. Now at the Telford model show I had seen some great looking trees that were built to order and cost, err lots, so expecting more of the same price from this vendor, I wasn't expecting much, and boy was I wrong. Prebuilt sea moss trees cost 2.00 per vertical inch, preshaped wire armatures, which require a coat of Treemendus Treesy Peesy bark, start at 5.00 per vertical inch, or you can buy the "Complete Tree Kit" with full instructions for 20. So remembering a thread on Armorama about the best trees to buy I promptly bought the "Complete Tree Kit" for a review. Now I'm not going to add to this review that you could use this commercially bought product instead of the named product, because then that defeats the point of reviewing whats in the bag.
In the Bag
The kit comes in a sealed bag and contains
100 x 11" lengths of wire
1 X bag of Treemendus Treesy Peesy bark
1 X platt of canopy
1 X bag of canopy scatter
1 X 100ml of Scenefix glue
A free atomiser
A set of instructions
Building the tree
The instructions state that there are enough materials to make one 11 to12 inch tree or if you cut the wire down more smaller trees. The principles are the same for any size tree you build.
First off you get the amount of wire you need, in my case I used about a third of the wire, and you tap one end on a hard surface so it gives you one flat end. If you want to model the tree with roots you bend about an inch at the bottom upwards, split them into a few separate parts then twist them together to create the root structure.

Take one strand of the wire and coil it around the wire trunk until you get to the place you want the first branch to start. This coiled wire is what holds the tree together so make sure its pretty tightly wrapped. The wire is very easy to bend.
To create the first branch take a few of the strands of wire and bend them to a desired angle to the trunk. Take the coiled wire that is around the trunk and wrap that around the branch. To create side branches keep splitting the wires at various intervals until you reach the end. Keep splitting the wires from the trunk to create more branches and side branches, and in no time you have a wire tree. This process took me about 15 minutes to complete.

Next up is adding the bark, for this you use the Treemendus Treesy Peesy bark bag. Put some of the powder in a bowl (I used about a third of the bag) and mix in the Scenefix glue a little at a time until you get a thick paste. The glue looks like a very thin white glue, and is pretty sticky. You can wrap masking tape around the wire trunk to beef it up and hide the wire coils, but this isn't required. You then paint the paste on the bark, I found just slapping it on any old way works just fine lol. You do not have to got to get this smooth as a rough texture on the trunk and branches add to the effect. Once all the wires are covered leave to dry for 24 hours, after this time the bark has dried and gives you a very nice bark effect, and is pretty durable. Now I found this part to be very easy to do, but messy, as slapping it on bits of the paste fall off, so its best to do this part over some paper, and not on the cutting pad, like I did lol. Hot water and a wire brush removes the dried bark from the cutting pad, so cleaning up is easy.

Painting the bark isn't necessary but watercolour paints can be used. I coated the tree in burnt umber paint then painted on Tamiya XF-5 fall green for some moss on the trunk. A very thin wash of Payne's black was added to the nooks and crannies of the tree to give a little depth.

Once the paint was dry, I then started on the canopy. This is where you use the canopy platt, which resembles a hair net, or as my beloved commented, "its a Merkin ( a pubic hair wig apparently)", which resulted in the kids giggling for half an hour. I have no idea if it is the for-mentioned wig as I have never seen one lol. Anyway you tear some of the platt off and pull it apart until it becomes a light and airy foliage pad. Spray with hairspray (not included in the kit, but you can always swipe some off the female members of the household lol) and then whilst it is still wet sprinkle the canopy scatter over it. Do this part over some paper as some won't adhere to the canopy foliage pad, but it can be used again. Turn the foliage pad over and repeat covering with scatter. Place the canopy foliage pad onto the branches and keep repeating making the canopy until the whole tree is covered. Attach the atomizer to the glue bottle and lightly spray the canopy using a fine mist. The tree will turn white, but once dry it becomes a clear matte finish with the scatter pretty much stuck in place. Leave to dry for 24 hours. Once dry the canopy can be teased to refine the shape. Any hairs not covered with scatter can be trimmed with scissors. That's it, you now have a tree.

Conclusion
Treemendus Models have in my opinion taken the art of building a tree yourself to a very easy level with everything you need in the bag. Various coloured canopy scatters are available for different types of trees. The only downside could be the cost of making a lot of large trees. The drying time is two days for the tree, but by building the tree before sleep and work shifts its not too bad.
There is a saying that got coined after I reviewed the "Miracle Masks", that "if Andy can anyone can", so if I can do it, admittedly rushing it, then some quite beautifully trees can be made.
Treemendus Models also make forest floor scatter, earth and raw grass.



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Treemendus Models
SUMMARY
Highs: Everything you need in a bag for a great looking tree. Very easy to follow instructions.
Lows: Quite long drying times. Could get expensive modeling a lot of large trees.
Verdict: Easy to use, easy to build trees straight out of the bag. Ideal for most scales. For all those of us who struggle making realistic trees this is pretty much a Godsend.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: Complete Tree Kit
  Suggested Retail: 20.00
  PUBLISHED: May 06, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.81%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.50%

About Andy Brazier (betheyn)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM

I started modelling in the 70's with my Dad building Airfix aircraft kits. The memory of my Dad and I building and painting a Avro Lancaster on the kitchen table will always be with me. I then found a friend who enjoyed building models, and between us I think we built the entire range of 1/72 Airfi...

Copyright 2019 text by Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

Live clicky pop hyperlink to Treemendus Models' website added to the bottom of the review. You are more than welcome Andy. Shaun
MAY 05, 2009 - 11:39 AM
Thanks for the link Shaun Anthony - TREEMENDUS
MAY 05, 2009 - 11:59 AM
Thanks Anthony. Its a great project and I am actually enjoying making trees, where I always dreaded it before. I am now working on a couple of more trees (1/48th scale size ones) for a dio I am building, I shall post some pics of them tomorrow night. Andy
MAY 05, 2009 - 11:59 AM
Andy, thanks for the review, I really enjoyed reading it. Just a note for reviews in general....clicking on the companies logo in the upper part of the reviews will usually bring you to their website
MAY 05, 2009 - 02:02 PM
Nice review Andy. Learned a new word too!
MAY 05, 2009 - 04:13 PM
Don't Google it Dave, trust me. Shaun
MAY 06, 2009 - 01:47 AM
Anthony - good to see your company name popping up. I have purchased from you two years running now at Telford IPMS show, last year I bought the full tree kit though I've only experimented with the method a little having already started a diorama with my own tried and true method (which I might add, I can splice to yours for an interesting result) however the initial results were excellent with very little work involved in getting a convincing finish. You can see your foliage products (both the cork type and the sponge you stocked previously) in use in my Normandy diorama thread. You get a big thumbs up from me for these products alone, they have been used to great effect and I am still using them constantly. keep up the good work, I saw you were doing a trade at the Hinckley show recently and hope that you get your products out there with good success. all the best Jon
MAY 06, 2009 - 01:59 AM
Hi Jon Thanks for the post. I'm in Telford again this year. Hope to see you there. I tend to only supply cork based scatters now as they result in a more realistic looking material for use as foliage. Ant
MAY 06, 2009 - 11:10 PM
In addition to the product info already posted I would like to add that the tree kits now come with a small bag of a scatter to be used as a way of highlighting certain areas to represent new growth etc. And that the 20 price includes UK postage and packaging. Thanks for your orders Ant - TREEMENDUS
MAY 10, 2009 - 01:20 AM
   

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